Principles for Employment Professionals


Career Services requests that all employers adhere to the Principles for Employment Professionals, developed by the National Association of College and Employers, in all on- and off-campus recruiting of UMass Amherst students.

Third Party Recruiters

The National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) defines "third-party recruiters" as: agencies, organizations, or individuals recruiting candidates for temporary, part-time, or full-time employment opportunities other than for their own needs. This includes entities that refer or recruit for profit or not for profit, and it includes agencies that collect student information to be disclosed to employers for purposes of recruitment and employment. The term “third party recruiters” refers to, but is not limited to: employment agencies, staffing services, temporary agencies, on line job boards, recruiters, and contractors. Representatives from these companies may post under the following conditions:

  • They must fully disclose to the Center the name of the client that the third-party recruiter is representing and to whom the students’ credentials will be disclosed.
  • They must keep all student information obtained confidential unless receiving additional written student consent. This standard complies with Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).
  • They must not retain any student resumes for future placement unless given additional student written consent.
  • They must not charge a fee to the applicant.


Tobacco-Free Campus

UMass Amherst is a Tobacco-Free campus. Read more here


Policy On Use of Alcohol in College Recruiting

The University of Massachusetts Amherst and its career centers are members of the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE), the professional association for college recruiters and career services professionals. As members, we abide by the NACE Principles for Professional Practice, a document that serves as the ethical framework and foundation for practices within the career services and recruiting fields. 

The Principles’ document states "Serving alcohol should not be part of the recruitment process on or off campus. This includes receptions, dinners, company tours, etc."  UMass Amherst Career Services requests that you support the no-alcohol policy while recruiting our students. 

If you would like to read the Principles for Professional Practice document in its entirety, you can find it on NACE's website, NACEWeb, at:

Updated October 2016